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Telkomsel’s FDD-LTE trial promises faster Internet for eastern Indonesia

Adrian M. Reodique | July 20, 2017
The FDD LTE Massive MIMO technology has boosted Telkomsel’s data throughput by almost four times to 486 Mbps.

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Telkomsel has completed its first FDD-LTE Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) field trial in Makassar, which is expected to improve broadband services in eastern Indonesia.

The telco company used ZTE Corporation's FDD-LTE Massive MIMO solution, commercially-available TM9 handsets and MiFi devices in a simultaneous four handsets/MiFi configuration with 20 MHz bandwidth for the trial.

According to ZTE, the FDD-LTE Massive MIMO technology has boosted Telkomsel's data throughput by almost four times to 486 Mbps. This thus proved the capabilities of the FDD-LTE Massive MIMO technology to improve 4G LTE networks' performance without the need to change user terminals.

ZTE added the result will support Telkomsel's network equalisation efforts in eastern Indonesia.

"We are constantly improving our technology and readiness of our next-generation networks to cope with the growing global trend. This is in line with our vision of digital transformation to always be at the forefront of implementing the latest mobile cellular technologies that will provide substantial benefits to the people of Indonesia in the future," said Indra Mardiatna, vice president of technology and system of Telkomsel.

Telkomsel and ZTE will continue its partnership for the next phase of the trial, which will focus more on verifying other technical aspects of FDD-LTE networks such as coverage, mobility, and interference.

"ZTE is very proud to work with Telkomsel in realising one of the world's earliest field trials for FDD-LTE Massive MIMO technology. We are fully committed to supporting Telkomsel in the application of this technology to improve network capacity and deliver the best broadband experience to Telkomsel customers," said Bai Jie, chief marketing officer of PT ZTE Indonesia.


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